Charles William Brau
January 22, 1932 – November 25, 2021
VISITATION: Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by ROSARY at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific. Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church or Salvation Army.
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Charles William Brau was born in Wahoo, NE on January 22, 1932, to Frank and Theodora Brau. He grew up in Humphrey and had one brother, Frank Brau, II. Charles died at home on Thursday, November 25, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 89.
Charles was a retired sales executive from McKesson. He enjoyed that career for close to 40 years, moving from South Dakota, to Iowa, Connecticut, California and finally home to Nebraska while working his way up the ranks. Upon retirement in 1992, Charles needed to stay busy and found much satisfaction volunteering for more than 25 years for CHI Health Bergan Mercy hospital, American Red Cross, Kiwanis Golden K organization and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). The friendships he made and the people he helped in all of those endeavors provided a high level of satisfaction during his retirement years.
He is survived by son Randy, daughters Laurie (Ted) Grove, and Ann (Gary) Johnston, granddaughters Amber (Ben) Armbruster and Leah Brau, great grandson Corran Armbruster, great granddaughter Daelyn Armbruster, beloved friend Heidi Brau and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Charles married Ardes Wehenkel on May 3, 1954 in Madison. They were married 67 years and enjoyed the last 29 of those years in retirement together. They traveled together to many wonderful destinations to visit family and friends and favorite destinations always included somewhere with amazing beaches to enjoy long walks on the beach. Anyone who knows Charles knows how much they enjoyed being active. He was very health conscious and worked hard all his life to remain fit and active.
His greatest joy was his marriage to Ardes, as well as their children and grandchildren. Everyone who met Charles knew how proud he was of his career and his family. Charles was well loved and will be missed by many.